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Canadian Diabetes Association

The mission of the Canadian Diabetes Association is to lead the fight against diabetes by helping people with diabetes live healthy lives while we work to find a cure. We deliver our mission by:

  • Providing people with diabetes and healthcare professionals with education and services
  • Advocating on behalf of people with diabetes
  • Supporting research
  • Translating research into practical applications


Year(s) Funded: 2005, 2006, 2011-2014, 2016

Amount of Funding Awarded to Date: $98,300

Address City Province Phone Country
29 Pippy Place   A1B 3X2 St John's NL (709) 754-0953 Canada

Program(s) Funded:

Program: Walk and Talk $20,000 (2016): This program is a free 8 week CDA healthy living, activity- based program that teaches the principals of diabetes self-management for those living with or at risk of diabetes and their caregivers

Funding from United Way was used to develop resources and roll out the program accross Newfoundland and Labrador ie: create program tools, create marketing collateral, printing and promotion and to recruit program planners.

Program: Diabetes Self-Management Workshops $25,950 (2014): These workshop incorporate the element of behaviour change to empower people with diabetes to become an expert in their own diabetes management.

Funding from United Way was used for new program tools, printing of program tools, promotion for the purpose of attracting community partners, and to recruit/train workshop presenters.

Program: Peer Support Program - Pilot Phase $20,000 (2013): The Peer Support Program will be a free, telephone-based peer support program for people with diabetes and those affected by diabetes. This will be accessible and free to all people no matter where they live within Newfoundland and Labrador. The program will provide support to demographics, such as families with Type 1 Diabetes, and rural communities, which may benefit most from trained peer support volunteers who can help them to navigate and identify local resources.

Program: Healthy, Active & Older Program $9,900 (2012): This program offers information to support seniors living with diabetes and provides education, health resources, provincial programming, accessibility and advocacy. Funding from United Way was used to deliver a day of education toward empowerment of seniors living with prediabetes and diabetes.

Funding was also used to support activities including: contracting health care professionals, orientation and training, travel and accommodations, and the purchase of supplies and promotional material.

Program: Diabetes Risk Assessment Program $7,450 (2011):The Canadian Diabetes Association offers diabetes risk assessment clinics to vulnerable populations in the St. John's area to assess and record blood pressure, blood glucose, BMI, to provide "Passport to Good Health" and encourages regular visits to the doctor. United Way funding was used to plan and deliver 10 diabetes risk assessment clinics with follow up and referral to vulnerable populations in the St. John's area; including contracting health care professionals and development of "Passport to Good Health."

Funding was used to support all activities related to this program including orientation and training, purchasing of equipment and supplies, development and printing of collateral materials as well as promotion. Their target audiences include: those who are homeless, illiterate and/or living in poverty, and those suffering from mental health and addiction problems.

Program: The Cellburtons in "What is Diabetes" $5000 (2006): This program is an animated presentation specifically targeting children aged six to nine. It featured a family of pancreatic cells and the plot was meant to give children knowledge they could share with their families. By educating children on risk factors, the hope was to help prevent the development of Type 2 diabetes.

Funding from United Way was used to train volunteers who delivered the program to children in various schools across the Avalon.

Program: Camp Douwanna $10,000 (2005): Camp Douwanna is a residential camp for children living with Type 1 diabetes in Newfoundland and Labrador. Since 1963, Camp Douwanna has continued to be a life changing experience for thousands of children living with diabetes in NL. In 2005, 84 children attended Camp Douwanna. For these children the camp is the only opportunity to spend an entire week with children who all live each day with Type 1 diabetes. Campers learn how to give their own injections and how to manage their diabetes, but above all they learn that they are not alone.

Funding from the United Way  was used to cover the costs for 10 children’s week at camp, specifically for their transportation, food, lodging and medical supplies.